The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) joins with others in mourning the loss of Professor Ronald Takaki. He was an accomplished scholar, author, academician and advocate. His teachings, articles and books were invaluable in documenting the Asian Pacific American experience in the United States, teaching us and others of our shared immigrant history and contributions to American society.
Professor Takaki possessed a gentleman’s demeanor but was not one to be under-estimated. He was a skilled warrior who spoke out eloquently and tirelessly for affirmative action. He did not feel that institutions of higher learning should be available only to the few, but rather accessible to all.
“Professor Takaki leaves us with a wonderful legacy of knowledge and student advocates who have studied under his wing and who shall carry forth his work and vision of an inclusive society,” stated JACL National Director Floyd Mori.